“I don’t know what happened in the first half. The result is the best thing, but the goals won’t hide the things we did wrong. ”
Is Barça suffering a crisis? Every week we want them to win everything although mentally and physically they can’t and we have to accept defeats no matter how hard it maybe.
I’ve just watched Almeria host my team and I am giving Luis Suarez my MOTM award for setting up those two winning goals for Neymar and Alba. Those two assists means that Suarez has given the assist for our last three goals in the Liga and 2 went to Neymar. Look out Leo, there’s a new assist master in town.
Yes, we won 2-1 in the end – my prediction was actually correct this time! – but I don’t feel victorious. I feel as if I have been robbed. We started the game with Munir, Messi and Pedro up front. Munir had a good game today and I am not going to take away his efforts, but when you have Messi, Neymar and Suarez, you don’t start the engine of a sexy Ferrari and leave the other essential parts on the bench.
Messi is on the verge of eclipsing a very notable record: the top scorer of La Liga and he has two goals to get there. In his game against Madrid, he didn’t really look up to it. Against Celta he hit the woodwork and today, well, he hit the woodwork and Reuben was there to deny him. Still, I love to see him smile whenever a goal is scored to help the team. I remember before Neymar came the pressure was all on him and it wore him out sometimes. With Neymar and Suarez and even the young Munir, Messi seems more relaxed and less stressed.
He’ll get there when he get there.
Neymar is hungry like a wolf and Suarez is still settling. SNM would be a threat come next half of the season. At the moment though, it looks as if Leo can do for some rest but don’t doubt the fact that there’s still goal life left in the Little Magician yet.
“It’s clear we have to improve things, hope we can do it soon. But to win trophies, you also have to win bad games, crucial.”
Let’s talk about coaching FC Barcelona.
The courting period between Cules and Enrique is officially over. They loved him when he kicked off the season on a great note, but now they’re shouldering all the blame on him for the current state of the team. Are they right to serve him divorce papers if he can’t find the winning formula?
Over the years, we’ve seen FCB rise and fall and rise and fall and rise again. When Pep Guardiola came, things took a turn for the greater and stars were born/eclipsed. Guardiola was so good at doing his job, some (media, fans & critics) started to whine that it was because he already had the dream team to work for him and because FCB was an easy team to manage anyone could walk in and do Guardiola’s job with eyes close thus discrediting Guardiola’s contribution to football history.
Other coaches who came after Guardiola could tell you that that myth do not exist. Look at Enrique struggling to string together a perfect starting hungry combination. No one can easily manage a team full of stars. That’s a myth. Pep was born to manage. Enrique still has his work cut out for him. Sure, he started the season on a great note, but at times I felt as if I was watching a mediocre team struggling for a place in Europa League.
The heart of FC Barcelona lies in the midfield and if Enrique don’t tame the midfield, then he can’t tame the team. There is a faint heart beat there right now. FCB might have the possession but what is the sense of having it when they can’t seem to control it? All of a sudden Tata is looking like a genius. Teams are not afraid of us anymore. They’re getting brave in leaving the buses at home, which is a good thing, but it’ll be nice if FCB let them know their place sometimes.
Now let me show you how my relief was summed up after the second goal:
It doesn’t matter how low we go or how high we rise, this is my team and I am going to continue to support FC Barcelona until I draw my last breath. There is still work cut out to do and Enrique can’t afford to sit back and relax. With FCB there is no such thing.
Good job this time around guys, but I want to see actual hunger next game. And kudos to Almeria for giving us a superb performance.